....and they are absolutely right!
I see it as part of my job to create funny, silly memories that will stick with them forever. The kind that they will tell their children and grandchildren: "My mom was so goofy...she used to sing the weirdest songs - I Wish I were an Oscar Meyer Weiner, I wouldn't have to cook DEINner, Cause if I were an Oscar Meyer Weiner, Everyone would love-me-more-than-any-mom-ever-in-the-whole-wide-world-of-mom-hots-dogs-ever!!!!!!"
We play silly games, make up stories, tell jokes, poke at each other, tickle each other, make fun of the commercials, poke and tickle some more and try to find humor where ever we go...
Like this...driving down the road, I see a sign for the sandwich restaurant Little King - so I say to them: "Little King...but not too little, or else it would be Teeny King!" My 16 year old smiles, rolls his eyes and calls me dork!!! My 8 and 7 year olds are cracking up in the back seat, now looking for a sign they can make a joke out of!
When we eat Pringles, I am the first one to make the duckbill!
Growing up is hard. Being a parent is hard. So, to soften the blow, I am trying to leave them with memories that they will look back upon with fondness and feel blessed - not cursed - that they got me as a mom...I'm trying to teach them to seize every opportunity to laugh, feel good and have fun...life is short and full of tough lessons...it is the sweet moments in between that add the beauty, color, texture and character to our lives.